EDUCATION AND TRAINING2019-02-19T14:28:01+00:00

Education and Training


The National Ebola Training and Education Center offers hands-on, real-world training through workshops and simulation courses offered several times a year.


Take an online course for continuing education credit or view archived materials from previous on-site training via the NETEC eLearning Center.

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Workshops and Simulation Courses

Emerging Infectious Disease Workshop

This workshop provides information and tools on the many aspects of managing and maintaining readiness of a facility and public health partners responsible for monitoring, assessing and/or treating patients with Ebola and other special pathogens. Up to 120 people may attend each course. The workshop is beneficial to both healthcare workers and public health professionals. Hospital attendees may include but are not limited to, medical, laboratory and/or nursing staff, administration, education/training leadership, and infection control leadership. Clinicians focused on special populations, such as Pediatrics and Labor and Delivery, can also benefit from this workshop.

Workshop topics include:
Ongoing and Emerging Threats |Impact of Highly Pathogenic Respiratory Viruses on Planning, Staffing and PPE | Lessons Learned While Caring for Patients with Ebola |Optional Regional Stakeholders Focus

No tuition is charged for the workshops, and continuing education credits are available. More information is available on the workshop registration page.

Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of four tracks listed below.

Click each tab below to read an overview, target professionals and an agenda.


Topics include incident management, exercise planning and execution, public health concerns and concepts, and preparation of the team and facilities. Day one will end with leaders and clinicians coming together to learn about special population concerns when caring for pediatrics, OB, L&D and agitated patients in biocontainment units.

Target Professionals

  • Clinical and operational decision makers
  • Emergency managers
  • Nursing
  • Healthcare leadership


Day 1 – AM:
Leadership and Incident Management:
Panel discussion based on incident management experience in the biocontainment unit

Day 1 – PM:
An unfolding case study: What would you do if a patient presented to your facility?

  • Special Populations: OB, L&D, Pediatric and Delirious or Agitated Patients in the biocontainment unit.

Day 2:
Preparing Our Communities:
Hot Topics, Waste Management, and Public Health Considerations


Didactic sessions for nurse and lab clinicians will focus on different elements of PPE including donning and doffing protocols and the role of the trained observer, critical thinking when providing patient care, and special populations concerns when caring for pediatrics, OB, L&D, and delirious or agitated patients.

Clinical topics may include: specimen collection, peripheral IV insertion, urinary catheter placement, containment wrap or patient isolation unit for transporting patients and spills management, and care of the deceased.

Target Professionals

  • Clinical staff
  • Laboratorians
  • Staff required to wear PPE

Participants should bring the PPE ensemble their facility would use to assess or care for a patient with Ebola or Other Special Pathogen. This may include a PAPR, powered air purifying respirator, or a mask and face shield.

See links below for CDC guidelines on PPE for suspect or confirmed cases:


Day 1 – AM:
PPE 101 and the Role of the Trained Observer

Day 1 – PM:
An unfolding case study: What would you do if a patient presented to your facility?

  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making when Providing Patient Care
  • PPE 201, Donning and Doffing Practice and Protocols
  • Special Populations: OB, L&D, Pediatric, and Delirious or Agitated Patients

Day 2:
Hands-on Clinical Skills Sessions in PPE (PPE Required). There will be four, 40-minute stations where participants in PPE will be able to practice skills in the care of patients known or suspected to have Ebola or Other Special Pathogens.

*This track is not included in the San Antonio course.


This is an operational course in infectious pathogens and the use of appropriate PPE, vehicle preparation and decontamination, transportation concerns, and patient hand-off.

Target Professionals

  • EMTs
  • Paramedics
  • First responders


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The Didactic session on PPE will focus on donning and doffing and the role of the trained observer. The Packaging, Shipping & Transport session will focus on the safe transport of specimens both within a facility and off-site. Day 2 Laboratory session topics will include risk assessment, lab testing menu, staffing model, risk mitigation, disinfection, sustainability, and scalability.

Target Professionals

  • Laboratorians
  • Laboratory Leaders
  • Public Health Leaders


Day 1 – AM:
PPE 101 and the Role of the Trained Observer

Day 2:
Didactic Laboratory Session

March 12-13, 2019
San Antonio, TX
EVENT FULL: Add to Waiting List
*EMS Track Not Included

March 26-27, 2019
Spokane, WA
EVENT FULL: Add to Waiting List

May 15-16, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Registration coming soon

Traveling with PPE Form Letter

2019 NETEC Workshop Flyer

Provider Skills Course

The NETEC Provider Skills course will be beneficial to Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses or Physician Assistants who would be responsible for performing the following skills in individuals with suspected or confirmed highly infectious diseases:

  • Central line placement
  • Intubation
  • Ultrasound diagnostics

All attendees should be comfortable with the performance of the above skills in their usual clinical practice since instruction will focus on the use of these skills in an isolation setting wearing PPE.

PPE Requirements
Participants are asked to bring their facility’s full PAPR “wet” level or equivalent PPE. Please bring full institutional ensemble for two days, to include suit or gown, shoe covers, apron (if used), PAPR or equivalent, to include belt and battery, gloves. Each attendee will be wearing full PPE for this course.

NETEC and its partners are pleased to present this course tuition-free. Travel funding is the responsibility of the participant. Authorization to book travel will be confirmed and communicated to registrants by a member of NETEC. Please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been approved.

Seats are limited for this one-day provider skills course

Date & Location TBD

Traveling with PPE Form Letter

Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Simulation Training

This simulation training, offered fall and spring at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, is intended for direct care providers (MDs, RNs, Paramedics, EMTs, etc.). The training will provide information and hands-on practice on several essential skills of caring for patients with Ebola and other special pathogens with a focus on providing safe and effective care in PPE.

PPE Requirements
Participants will be asked to bring PPE ensembles from their respective facilities. Each attendee will be wearing full PPE.  Full institutional ensemble for two days, to include suit or gown, shoe covers, apron (if used), PAPR or equivalent, to include belt and battery, gloves.

A form letter for travel with PPE equipment is available for download here.

Course topics include:
Hospital-EMS interface/patient handoff | healthcare worker rescue| spill management | barrier precautions | foley management | Isopod management | specimen collection

This training is offered by NETEC tuition-free. Continuing education credits are available.

Due to the simulation nature of this training, registration is limited to 40. Please do not make travel arrangements until your workshop registration has been approved.

April 11-12, 2019
New York, NY
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Traveling with PPE Form Letter

Pediatric Simulation Course

This course is under development. Check back for more information.

Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus and the National Ebola Training and Education Center proudly present the first clinical simulations course specific to the needs of healthcare professionals caring for children who have or may have serious communicable pathogens. Training will take place in a state-of-the-art Pediatric Biocontainment Unit.

Included in this two-day simulation course will be:

  • Lectures by infectious disease and pediatric intensivists
  • Clinical skills training for Biocontainment Unit staff
  • Best practices
  • Simulated clinical skills training while wearing full PPE

Date & Location TBA

Traveling with PPE Form Letter

Online Webinar

Healthcare System Readiness for Highly Pathogenic Infectious Diseases

The presentation and recording for the webinar are now available.
View presentation slides  |  View recording

As the world closely watches the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) and the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) will host a webinar on U.S. healthcare system readiness for highly pathogenic infectious diseases.

Speakers will provide an overview of the current situation in the DRC; describe the regional, tiered system established to manage patients suspected and known to be infected with EVD or other special pathogens; provide updates on current Ebola readiness and trends; reinforce the “Identify, Isolate, and Inform” response framework; and share best practices and lessons learned from previous experience. Additional NETEC and ASPR TRACIE resources will be referenced for participants seeking more information. This webinar is intended to be both an introduction for those new to the threat of highly pathogenic infectious diseases and a refresher for those with previous experience.

No tuition is charged for this webinar.

View the webinar, recorded June 12, 2018.


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